Yeah, Housel is a big reason why there is as much hate in this rivalry. Auburn fans and national bloggers (such as the author of this site) have a tendency to make the current issues Alabama-centric. They completely discount what Auburn fans have done over the last decade as being completely irrelevant. Housel's grand discourse on how Alabama was an evil empire that Auburn was taking down (a very common theme among Auburn fans for the last 3 decades, btw) and how Auburn was invading Birmingham and taking children from Alabama families, etc. was emblematic of the common behavior of Auburn fans over the last decade. Auburn fans' constant threats of boycotts of various media outlets/commercial entities are rarely commented on as are their attempts to get the aforementioned Mr. Finebaum banned from their campus. Not to say that Alabama fans aren't equally to be blamed for the issues in this rivalry, but I am really rather sick of this site, among many others, portraying Auburn fans/administrators as innocent victims. ...and before you say "I don't do that" then you might want to cast a comprehensive gaze over your links over the history of your Iron Bowl vitriol bashing & check to see that they aren't overwhelmingly slanted anti-Alabama. I think you will find that you have, possibly unintentionally, been part of the problem you rail against.
Also, get over the Finebaum bashing. I don't particularly care for the callers so much, myself (I think they more often than not embarass everyone in the state of Alabama), but he's one dude w/ a radio show. If all of the people who constantly kvetch & moan about his show simply ceased listening to it then it would fold up shop. I don't think you have much room to talk about sensationalist journalism given how invested you were a while back in the T-town Menswear nonsense. You fall very much into the Finebaum camp yourself with a generally good cross-section of articles punctuated by going on a bender into the ridiculous. That comes with editorialism, no doubt, but that's little different than Finebaum's gerrymandered caller acceptance patterns, IMO.